Andrea Iannone was thrilled to finish the German MotoGP in a career best fifth place, as the top Ducati rider, as a race run in difficult conditions again showed the strength of the Italian's season.

The Pramac rider had joined the majority of the field in fitting wet tyres on the grid, but then diving into the pits for his dry bike at the end of the formation lap.

"It was really difficult at the start because on the sighting on the lap many corners were wet, especially Turn 12 and the downhill braking, but after the sighting lap I wanted to change bikes so I started from pitlane," he said.

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For Iannone the result marked a high point of a promising season and showed just how much he is developing as a rider in his second season in MotoGP.

"I'm very happy because this is my best result in MotoGP. It was a really difficult race and the strategy was very important. I changed the bike because on the grid I had a wet bike so I changed and at the start I pushed really hard.

"It was very important [to do that] because for the first five laps I followed Jorge and Vale but it wasn't easy to stay with them. I tried my best on every lap and the result was very important for me and for my team."

With his future still not confirmed, Iannone is being strongly tipped to move to the Factory Ducati squad should either Cal Crutchlow or Andrea Dovizioso leave the team at the end of the season.

On Sunday when speaking on Italian television, Iannone's manager Carlo Pernat said that he expected a decision from Ducati on Iannone's future to be announced later this week.

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Tomco: Another great ride but please dont let him go to Ducati. What a waste. Give him Bradl or Bautistas bike or even a Tech3.[\blockquote]

Jeez, what are you talking about??? Don't let him go to Ducati? He is already effectively with Ducati! He has the same spec GP14 that Dovi & Cal has. If there is one person who could make the switch to the factory Ducati team & do well (or at least not badly) then it is Iannone.